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Attahiru Jega INEC chairman will leave office naturally – Presidency

The clarification was made by the supervising Minister of Information and Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Edem Duke during a meeting with journalists in Abuja on Friday, February 27.

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INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega

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The Presidency has denied reports that President Goodluck Jonathan is planning to sack the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The clarification was made by the supervising Minister of Information and Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Edem Duke during a meeting with journalists in Abuja on Friday, February 27.

Duke however stated that Jega’s exit from INEC would follow a natural course.

“On the issue of the INEC chairman, I align myself with what the president said that he has no plan to sack the INEC chairman,” Duke said.

“That is not to say that if it is time for the INEC chairman to naturally exit his office, then the natural course of things will not take place. It is like saying, a civil servant has done 35 years or achieved the age of 60; we now begin to say that he must not retire or he must retire. I think all of that is in the terrain of the presidency and he has spoken,” he added.

Senators belonging to the All Progressives Congress (APC) had on Thursday accused the Federal Government of plotting to remove Jega.

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